Poetry by Joseph Fasano,
author of Fugue for Other Hands,
Inheritance, and Vincent.
Advance praise for The Crossing:
Joseph Fasano’s much anticipated fourth book, The Crossing, is his most intimate yet. By turns lamentation and consolation, it confronts grief and gain, always trying, as the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski wrote, “to praise the mutilated world.” “Immensity / will only dare to come to you,” one poem tells us, “when surrender is ready in your hands.” Here are poems that know that to have a self is to be both a witness to history and responsible for it. “History / is only the body trying to become / a story that will outlast it,” Fasano writes, and yet these poems also seek the dignity of the individual, a meaningful communion with others in what’s common: “As long as love / runs,” we read, “it is earthsong; it is wild / to be ridden in its irons / to another world. Another world. This one.”
“This is the poet I trust to see the world as it is, quietly writhing around us, like Kafka and Rilke before him.” – Dorothea Lasky
“Like Wagner and Mahler, preternaturally rich.” – Richard Howard
“Fasano…makes poems worth living in.” – Jeanne Marie Beaumont
“As wild and unpredictable as the best of Lorca.” – Lois P. Jones
“Fasano makes pain almost bearable with the beauty of his language, the wild leaps of his metaphors.” – Linda Pastan
“Joseph Fasano’s Vincent is the best long contemporary poem I’ve read since I can’t remember when.” – Timothy Liu
“Attuned to both the beauty and the suffering of almost everything alive.” – Timothy Donnelly
About the Author
Joseph Fasano is the author of four books of poetry: The Crossing (2018); Vincent (2015), a book-length poem that Rain Taxi Review hailed as a “major literary achievement”; Inheritance (2014), a James Laughlin Award nominee; and Fugue for Other Hands (2013), which won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was nominated for the Poets’ Prize, “awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year.” His work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, the PEN Poetry Series, American Poets, Measure, The Missouri Review, The American Literary Review, Verse Daily, The Academy of American Poets’ poem-a-day program, and the anthologies Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Any Occasion (Abrams, 2015) and The Aeolian Harp (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), among other publications. A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, he teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College.